Fort Wayne Community Schools - Bullying Prevention

Fort Wayne Community Schools - Bullying Prevention

Bullying is addressed at all levels in FWCS through several programs.

Bullying comes in many forms - physical, emotional and cyber bullying. The Code of Conduct defines bullying as, "Overt, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner including digitally or electronically, text messaging; physical acts committed; or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate or harm the targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment. This rule will also apply when using property or equipment provided by the school.

If a student is being bullied or sees someone else being bullied, please talk to a trusted adult at your school or Report a bullying incident here.

Bullying Prevention Tip of the Day

Bully Boot Camp: Day 13

As Gary mentioned yesterday, active listening is
a skill that’s important for someone to acquire,
especially if that person is being bullied and wants to
make it stop.

The concept of active listening is summarized in the Verbal
Judo acronym of LEAPS. It stands for Listen, Empathize,
Ask, Paraphrase and Summarize.

Click here for Gary’s overview. We’ll go through it step-by-
step over the next few days.

Our program, Manage Bullying: Answers for Parents, is built
upon the methods developed by Dr. George Thompson and the
Verbal Judo Institute. Thompson has trained over a million
individuals, mostly within law enforcement, to deflect verbal
abuse and diffuse potentially violent situations.

Over the course of this 30-day series, we’ll introduce you to the
strategies that will keep you and your children safe from the
devastating effects of bullying.

Here’s to these 30 days, and the skills to last a lifetime.

Gary T. Klugiewicz
Chan Lee
Verbal Defense Trainers, Manage Bullying: Answers for Parents


How to Tell if a Child is Being Bullied

  • Comes home from school with torn or dirty clothing or damaged books
  • Has cuts, bruises or scratches
  • Plays with few, if any, friends
  • Seems afraid to go to school, or complains of headaches or stomach pain
  • Doesn't sleep well or has bad dreams
  • Loses interest in schoolwork
  • Seems sad, depressed or moody
  • Is anxious or has poor self-esteem
  • Is quiet, sensitive or passive

Warning Signs of a Bully

  • Seeks to dominate and/or manipulate others
  • Enjoys feeling powerful and in control (whether real or not)
  • Is both a poor winner (boastful and arrogant) and a poor loser
  • Seems to derive satisfaction from other's fears, discomfort and pain
  • Is good at hiding behaviors or doing them where adults can't notice
  • Is excited by conflict between others
  • Blames others for his or her problems
  • Displayed uncontrolled anger
  • Has a history of discipline problems
  • Displays a pattern of impulsive and chronic hitting, intimidating and aggressive behaviors
  • Displays intolerance and prejudice towards others
  • May use drugs, alcohol or be a member of a gang
  • Lacks empathy towards others

What to do if You are Bullied

  • Tell a trusted adult at your school, such as your teacher, your principal or your bus driver, and tell your parents.

What to do if You Witness Bullying

  • Enlist an adult immediately, if someone is in danger of getting hurt
  • Do not watch. If you cannot intervene, walk away
  • Do not react emotionally with laughter or even a nervous giggle or snicker
  • Combat the rumor mill with the truth about the victim
  • Offer your support and friendship afterward
  • Report the incident, time and place to a trusted adult at your school, including your teacher, principal or bus drive, and tell your parents

Web Resources

  • Consumer Protect - Protect Your Kids Online - Resources for families on keeping children safe while online.
  • Stop provides information from various government agencies on how students, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.
  • Kids Against Bullying offers interactive games, videos and information for kids on bullying prevention.
  • Teens Against Bullying offers interactive information for teens on bullying prevention.
  • Stomp Out Bullying provides information and support on how to stop bullying.
  • FBI-SOS is the FBI's Web site to promote cyber safety.
  • Facebook's Safety Center offers safety information for parents, students and teachers.
  • A Call to Stop Bullying provides information on signs and effects of bullying and cyberbullying and advice for kids on how to stop bullying.
  • Stand For The Silent empowers youth to create cultures of kindness and stand up to bullying.

FWCS Anti-Bully Programs